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M.Ed. in Kinesiology—Athletic Training

Following the 2017-18 academic year, we will no longer be offering a post-professional masters degree in Athletic Training. We are not accepting any further applications for this degree program.  We are, however, accepting applications for our professional masters degree program in Athletic Training.

Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

We are not accepting any further applications for this degree program.  We are, however, accepting applications for our professional masters degree program in Athletic Training. 

Application Due Date

We are not accepting any further applications for this degree program.  We are, however, accepting applications for our professional masters degree program in Athletic Training.

Degree Requirements

Students complete 36 hours of coursework during the 13-month, intensive program. All courses provide advanced instruction related to Athletic Training and are taught by athletic training faculty for athletic training students. Courses are designed to meet the six post-professional core competencies of: 1) evidence-based practice, 2) interprofessional education and collaborative practice, 3) quality improvement, 4) healthcare informatics, 5) professionalism, and 6) patient-centered care . Formal coursework is taken during the initial summer of the program as well as during the fall and spring semesters. Students use the final summer to complete their thesis requirements.

Courses:

Students take 27 credits of didactic courses, 6 thesis credits, and 3 practicum credits.  All courses provide advanced instruction related to Athletic Training and are taught by athletic training faculty for post-professional athletic training students.

Clinical Experiences:

All students perform a mentored clinical experience at one of our affiliated sites. All admitted masters students receive a clinical graduate assistantship that requires them to work clinically at one of our 4 affiliated sites. These sites include:

  • UVA Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Charlottesville High School
  • Physical Therapy@ACAC/Monticello High School or Albemarle High School
  • PT Plus/Western Albemarle High School

Experienced clinical supervisors at each site provide clinical and professional mentorship to the masters students.

Thesis

All students are required to complete a masters thesis consisting of an original research project. The expectation is that this is of such quality that it will be presented at a national professional meeting (NATA, ACSM…) and acceptable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Thesis topics must be performed in the area of expertise of one of the core athletic training faculty members. These are as follows:

Joe Hart, PhD, ATC, FNATA - muscle inhibition, knee injuries, clinical outcomes in orthopaedic sports medicine

Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC, FNATA - ankle sprains and instability, gait and postural control, clinical outcomes

Jake Resch, PhD, ATC - sports-related concussion

Sue Saliba, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA - therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise

Students are assigned a faculty advisor at the end of the first summer based on mutual interest in a specific research area. Each masters student is also assigned a doctoral student mentor from the PhD program in Sports Medicine who shares the common research interest. The student’s masters thesis committee also includes at least one other faculty member with expertise in the specific research area. The masters thesis is a mentored process that is carried out through the entire length of the program.

Funding Opportunities

We are not accepting any further applications for this degree program.  We are, however, accepting applications for our professional masters degree program in Athletic Training.

Typical Length of Study

Following the 2017-18 academic year, we will no longer be offering a post-professional masters degree in Athletic Training.

Full or Part Time:

Course Overview

Summer

KINE 5400 Art & Science of Sports Medicine (3 credit hours)
KINE 7410 Anatomical Bases of Sports Medicine (3 credit hours)
KINE 7400 Translational Research in Athletic Training (3 credit hours)

Fall

KINE 7420 Evidence-Based Sports Medicine (3 credit hours)
KINE 7430 Pathology and Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries (3 credit hours)
KINE 8400 Clinical Biomechanics (3 credit hours)
KINE 8980 Practicum in Athletic Training (1 credit hours)
KINE 8999 Masters Thesis (3 credit hours)

Spring

KINE 7440 Modalities in Athletic Training (3 credit hours)
KINE 8410 Orthopedic Bases of Sports Medicine (3 credit hours)
KINE 8995 Current Trends in Concussion Research (3 credit hours)
KINE 8980 Practicum in Athletic Training (2 credit hours)
KINE 8999 Masters Thesis (3 credit hours)

Sample Jobs After Graduation

Clinical athletic training positions in colleges, high schools, professional sports, or clinical settings.

Approximately 20% of our graduates are enrolled in a PhD program within 5 years of completion of the masters program.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php

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